Williams and Bone lead the Vols’ revenge against the Cats
At the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee, the seventh-ranked Volunteers beat the fourth-ranked Wildcats 71-52 in a thrilling Southeastern Conference men’s basketball rematch on Saturday.
Although Kentucky had held a 52-50 all-time record against the Volunteers when playing in Knoxville, Tennessee had never lost at home to the Wildcats under head coach Rick Barnes. The statement still rings true, as Tennessee kept this season’s perfect home record intact (25 straight home wins), and got revenge for their previous loss in Lexington a few weeks ago.
The Volunteers starters were Jordan Bone, Lamonte Turner, Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield, and Kyle Alexander, while the Wildcats started Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, Paul Washington Jr., and Nick Richards. Although the Cats started the first half with a 6-0 run, the Vols answered with a 7-0 run, leading to the first timeout of the game. Tennessee continued to dominate and left the half leading 37 to 24.
The momentum of the first half carried the Volunteers to a 20-point lead (47-27), and its eventual win. Kentucky couldn’t keep up with the strength and skill of the Vols- specifically of Williams and Bone. The two combined to score 51 points.
With the win, Tennessee improved to 14-2 in the SEC, while Kentucky dropped to 13-3. Kentucky’s next game is against Ole Miss on Tuesday night, while Tennessee will face Mississippi State. With this win, the Vols look to be the favorite to win the league for the second consecutive season.